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Encyclopedias, Companions & Handbooks
Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages
Features regional and thematic overviews and selected case studies from a global perspective. New content is continuously added.
A Companion to the Medieval World
Covers the major issues in the study of Medieval Europe.
A Companion to the Global Early Middle Ages
Introduces the connections between early medieval societies that have previously been studied in isolation.
Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press)
Each handbook introduces and surveys the state of scholarship in a field of study through review articles written by leading subject specialists.
Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of all aspects of Jewish life from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel.
Oxford Islamic Studies Online (Oxford University Press)
Features short introductions, scholarly essays, Qur'anic materials (two classic translations/interpretations and a concordance), primary sources, images, and maps. Covers global Islamic history, peoples, practices, politics, and culture.
Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online (Brill)
Daily Life in Medieval Europe
Medieval England: An Encyclopedia
Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia
Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia
Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia
Medieval Science, Technology, and Medicine: An Encyclopedia
Books & Book Chapters
Medieval Studies (Oxford Bibliographies)
Offers outstanding introductions to a wide variety of topics in medieval studies with an emphasis on Western civilization. Each bibliographic essay begins with a general overview and a list of reference works, followed by a historiography and a list of critical journals in the field. Essays may also include a list of recommended primary sources in the original languages and in translation.
Falvey Library Catalog (Books & Media)
Keyword and subject searches in the Library catalog are good starting points. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, era, language or region. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen.
Cambridge Histories Online (Cambridge University Press)
Provides online access to the well-regarded Cambridge Histories series. Includes the New Cambridge Medieval History (7 volumes) together with a range of other histories that include volumes focusing on the Middle Ages. Examples include volume 6 of The Cambridge History of Judaism (The Middle Ages), volume 2 of The New Cambridge History of Islam (The Western Islamic World, 11th to 18th Centuries), and volume 5 of The Cambridge World History (Expanding Webs of Exchange and Conflict, 500 CE - 1500 CE).
Bloomsbury Medieval Studies (Bloomsbury)
Presents a selection of interdisciplinary medieval studies resources including the Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages, access to over 150 monographs from reputed publishers in the field of medieval studies, a selection of study resources curated by major scholars, and a selection of visual sources.
Manchester Medieval Sources (Manchester University Press)
Offers access to a growing collection of translations of key primary sources. Series editors are Rosemary Horrox and Simon MacLean. Most volumes are also available in print.
Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books.
Presents a combined catalog of the catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.
International Medieval Bibliography (Brepols)
Indexes and abstracts articles, book reviews, and book chapters. Covers all aspects of medieval studies within the date range of 400 to 1500 for the entire continent of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Regesta Imperii: Literature Database for the Middle Ages (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz)
Features a freely available and comprehensive bibliography of medieval research. Captures journal articles, essays, monographs, and conference proceedings.
Iter Bibliography (University of Toronto)
Indexes academic journals, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations pertaining to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Covers the years 400 to 1700. Includes publications in the major European languages from the middle of the 19th century to the present.
Offers indexing of journal articles and books in all areas of biomedicine. Worldwide coverage with an emphasis on English-language peer-reviewed journals.
Articles & More Search
If all else fails give Articles & more a try. Use unambiguous keywords and limit results to articles from peer-reviewed journals.
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
Indexes and selectively abstracts journal articles, book reviews, and book chapters about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.
RAMBI: The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (National Library of Israel)
Indexes journal and magazine articles in various fields of Jewish studies. Covers articles in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and the major European languages.
- Horrox, Rosemary. The Black Death. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994.
A collection of documents written by those who lived and died in the mid-fourteenth century (1348-1350). It traces the impact of the Black Death in Europe through contemporary writings with particular emphasis on its spread across England.
- Aberth, John. The Black Death: The Great Mortality of 1348-1350 : A Brief History With Documents. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005.
- Marcus, Jacob Rader, and Marc Saperstein. "The Black Death and the Jews: 1348–1349." In The Jews in Christian Europe: A Source Book, 315–1791, 153-59. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015. doi:10.2307/j.ctt1f89t1n.28.
- Simonsohn, Shlomo. The Apostolic See and the Jews: Documents: 1394-1464. Toronto : Leiden: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1989.
Expand Primary & Secondary Sources on Selected Topics to review a list of locally available primary and secondary sources on specific topics.
Primary and Secondary Sources on Selected Topics
- Jackson, Peter. The Mongols and the West, 1221-1410. Oxfordshire, England: Routledge, 2014.
- Rachewiltz, Igor de. The Secret History of the Mongols: A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth Century. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
- More e-books about the Mongols.
Black Death Cemeteries: East Smithfield, London
- Antoine, Daniel. "The Archaeology of Plague." Medical History 52, no. S27 (2008): 101-14. doi:10.1017/S0025727300072112.
- Kendall, E.J. "Mobility, Mortality, and the Middle Ages: Identification of Migrant Individuals in a 14th Century Black Death Cemetery Population." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150, no. 2 (2013): 210-222. doi:10.1002/ajpa.22194.
- DeWitte, Sharon N. "Age Patterns of Mortality During the Black Death in London, A.D. 1349-1350." Journal of Archaeological Science 37, no. 12 (2010): 3394-3400. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2010.08.006.
- Gilchrist, Roberta. Medieval Life: Archaeology and the Life Course. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2012.
Economic Impact of the Black Death (England)
- Bothwell, James, P. J. P. Goldberg, and W. M. Ormrod, eds. The Problem of Labour in Fourteenth-Century England. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2000. doi:10.7722/j.ctt9qdhss.
- Bridbury, A. R. Economic Growth: England in the Later Middle Ages. London: Routledge, 2016.
- Dodds, Ben., and R. H. Britnell. Agriculture and Rural Society After the Black Death: Common Themes and Regional Variations. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press, 2008.
- Getz, Faye Marie. "Black Death and the Silver Lining: Meaning, Continuity, and Revolutionary Change in Histories of Medieval Plague." Journal of the History of Biology 24, no. 2 (1991): 265-289. https://www.jstor.org/stable/4331174.
- Hatcher, John. "England in the Aftermath of the Black Death." Past and Present, no. 144 (1994): 3-35. http://www.jstor.org/stable/651142.
- Miskimin, Harry A. The Economy of Early Renaissance Europe, 1300-1460. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511562693.
- Poos, L. R. "The Social Context of Statute of Labourers Enforcement." Law and History Review 1, no. 1 (1983): 27-52. doi:10.2307/744001.
- Putnam, Bertha Haven. The Enforcement of the Statutes of Labourers During the First Decade After the Black Death, 1349-1359. New York: Longmans, 1908.
- Simon A. C. Penn, and Christopher Dyer. "Wages and Earnings in Late Medieval England: Evidence from the Enforcement of the Labour Laws." The Economic History Review, New Series, 43, no. 3 (1990): 356-76. doi:10.2307/2596938.
Social Impact of the Black Death
- Wray, Shona Kelly. Communities and Crisis: Bologna During the Black Death. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
Black Death in Barcelona
- Gyug, R.F. The Diocese of Barcelona during the Black Death: The Register 'Notule Communium' 15 (1348-1349). Toronto: Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, 1994.
- Bisson, Thomas N. Fiscal Accounts of Catalonia Under the Early Count-kings (1151-1213). Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.
- Bensch, Stephen P. Barcelona and Its Rulers, 1096-1291. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
- Bisson, Thomas N. Medieval Crown of Aragon: A Short History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986.
- Franklin-Lyons, Adam. "Famine—Preparation and Response in Catalonia After the Black Death." Ph.D. thesis, Yale University, 2009.
- Freedman, Paul. The Origins of Peasant Servitude in Medieval Catalonia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
- Fynn-Paul, Jeff. “Plague, War, and Calamity.” In The Rise and Decline of an Iberian Bourgeoisie: Manresa in the Later Middle Ages, 1250–1500, 92–118. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. doi:10.1017/CBO9781316135693.006.
- Gampel, Benjamin R. “Barcelona.” Chapter. In Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response, 1391–1392, 92–113. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. doi:10.1017/CBO9781316690970.006.
- Gyug, R. "The Effects and Extent of the Black Death of 1348: New Evidence for Clerical Mortality in Barcelona." Mediaeval Studies 45 (1983): 385-398. (available via interlibrary loan)
- Defoe, Daniel. A Journal of the Plague Year. London: Printed for E. Nutt, J. Roberts, A. Dodd & J. Graves, 1722.
- Mueller, Andreas. "Daniel Defoe". In Oxford Bibliographies Online in British and Irish Literature. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199846719-0124.
- Spencer, Mark G. "Daniel Defoe (1660-26 April 1731)." Eighteenth-Century British Historians, edited by Ellen J. Jenkins, vol. 336, Gale, 2007, pp. 82-94. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 336. Gale Literature: Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Medicine and the Black Death
- Duran-Reynals, M.L., and C.-E. A. Winslow. "Regiment de Preservacio a Epidimia o Pestilencia e Mortaldats." Bulletin of the History of Medicine 23, no. 1 (1949): 57-89. http://www.jstor.org/stable/44443424.
English translation of d’Agramont’s treatise.
- Schupbach, William M. “A Venetian ‘Plague Miracle’ in 1464 and 1576.” Medical History 20, no. 3 (1976): 312–16. doi:10.1017/S0025727300022699.
- Archambeau, Nicole. "Healing Options during the Plague: Survivor Stories from a Fourteenth-Century Canonization Inquest." Bulletin of the History of Medicine 85, no. 4 (2011): 531-59. http://www.jstor.org/stable/44452234.
- Carmichael, Ann G. "Plague Legislation in the Italian Renaissance." Bulletin of the History of Medicine 57, no. 4 (1983): 508-25. http://www.jstor.org/stable/44443062.
- Carmichael, Ann G. “Universal and Particular: The Language of Plague, 1348–1500.” Medical History 52, no. S27 (2008): 17–52. doi:10.1017/S0025727300072070.
- Heinrichs, Erik A. "The Live Chicken Treatment for Buboes: Trying a Plague Cure in Medieval and Early Modern Europe." Bulletin of the History of Medicine 91, no. 2 (2017): 210-232. doi:10.1353/bhm.2017.0025.
- Jackson, Mark, and Peregrine Horden. "Medieval Medicine." In The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199546497.013.0003.
- Winslow, C.-E. A., and M. L. Duran-Reynals. "Jacme d’Agramont and the First of the Plague Tractates." Bulletin of the History of Medicine 22, no. 6 (1948): 747-65. http://www.jstor.org/stable/44442234.
- Wray, Shona Kelly. "Boccaccio and the Doctors: Medicine and Compassion in the Face of Plague." Journal of Medieval History 30, no. 3 (2004): 301-322. doi:10.1016/j.jmedhist.2004.06.005.
- Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Coverage: 1939-2014 (Vol. 7, No. 1 - Vol. 88, No. 4)
Vols. 1-7 under different title:
Bulletin of the Institute of the History of Medicine
1996 – present
- Medical History: An International Journal for the History of Medicine and Related Sciences
Joan of Arc
- Taylor, Craig. Joan of Arc: La Pucelle: Selected Sources. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006.
- Taylor, Larissa Juliet. The Virgin Warrior: The Life and Death of Joan of Arc. Yale University Press, 2009. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt5vm27v.
Catherine of Siena
- Raymond, of Capua. Life of Saint Catharine of Sienna. New York: P.J. Kenedy, 1862.
Earliest biography written by her confessor.
- Catherine of Siena. Saint Catherine of Siena as Seen in Her Letters. London: J.M. Dent & Co, 1911.
- Coakley, John W. "Managing Holiness: Raymond of Capua and Catherine of Siena." In Women, Men, and Spiritual Power: Female Saints and Their Male Collaborators, 170-92. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. doi:10.7312/coak13400.13.
- Muessig, Carolyn., George Ferzoco, and Beverly Mayne Kienzle. A Companion to Catherine of Siena. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
- Scott, Karen. "Mystical Death, Bodily Death: Catherine of Siena and Raymond of Capua on the Mystic’s Encounter with God." In Gendered Voices: Medieval Saints and Their Interpreters, edited by Catherine M. Mooney, 136-67. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt19dzcxg.12.
- Curry, Anne. "Hundred Years War". In Oxford Bibliographies Online in Medieval Studies. doi:10.1093/obo/9780195396584-0076.
(see section on armies and weapons)
- Electronic books and journals on medieval military history.
Witchcraft in the Fifteenth Century
- Mackay, Christopher S., and Heinrich Institoris. The Hammer of Witches: A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- Broedel, Hans Peter. "Fifteenth-Century Witch Beliefs." In The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America, edited by Brian P. Levack. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578160.013.0003.
- Kieckhefer, Richard. "The First Wave of Trials for Diabolical Witchcraft." In The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America., edited by Brian P. Levack. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578160.013.0010.
- Levack, Brian P. "Introduction." In The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America, edited by Brian P. Levack. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578160.013.0001.